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Donny van de Beek during a training session for Ajax

Man United’s chances of signing Donny van de Beek hinge on Lionel Messi

According to Spanish publication Sport (h/t Express), Manchester United have made contact with Ajax for the signing of midfield superstar Donny van de Beek.

A graduate of the Ajax academy, Van de Beek has grown into one of the most coveted midfielders across Europe in recent years, with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all interested. (h/t Express)

Donny van de Beek is linked to Manchester United
Donny van de Beek has been linked to Manchester United

Valued at £49m by the Dutch giants, it had been claimed that Van de Beek had an agreement to join Real Madrid. However, with little activity from the La Liga champions, it has opened the door for other clubs to make a move for the Dutchman. (h/t Express)

And Manchester United have now made contact with Ajax over the possibility of signing the 23-year-old star. However, our chances of signing the Dutchman hinge on the future of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, as per the report.

It is claimed that Van de Beek favours a transfer to Barcelona. However, he is waiting it out to see how the situation surrounding the future of Messi resolves itself. The 33-year-old sent shockwaves in the footballing world this week, when he expressed his desire to leave Barcelona. (h/t Express)

Barcelona are not in a position to meet Ajax’s £49m valuation currently. And Van de Beek is biding his time to see if that changes if Messi forces an exit from Camp Nou. (h/t Express)

Messi has asked to leave Barcelona
Messi has asked to leave Barcelona

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Van de Beek has been a top performer for Ajax over the past couple of years. His ability to play in any position in the middle of the park, coupled with his eye for a goal would make him a fine addition to our squad.

However, it remains to be seen if we are able to beat Barcelona to his signing. With all our rivals making new signings, the club needs to act fast or risk being left behind.

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